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The Suntory Group's 7 Sustainability Themes 06 Human Rights

In addition to promoting a safe work environment for Suntory Group employees, we promote health management and provide growth opportunities with a long-term perspective. This allows us to support the realization of healthy, joyful lives and promote diversity and inclusion. In order to contribute to the well-being of all people involved in the value chain, we actively cooperate with external stakeholders to promote activities for the protection of human rights.

Social Awareness

Respecting the human rights of everyone connected with our business

In 2011, the United National Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were approved at the United Nations Human Rights Council, becoming the global standard for all countries and companies to follow. In 2015, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) was enacted to confirm and eradicate human rights violations and risks such as forced labor and human trafficking in company supply chains. As a result, society is increasingly interested in the initiatives that companies take to protect human rights. Suntory Group promotes initiatives that aim at protecting the human rights of all people related to our business.

Contributing to the SDGs

Philosophy on the Sustainability Themes

With the globalization of business practices, society is increasingly interested in the initiatives that companies take to protect human rights. The Suntory Group considers the respect for human rights of stakeholders a highly important issue and reflects it in its sustainability vision. To promote activities considering human rights, we have formulated the Suntory Group Human Rights Policy to further strengthen existing initiatives by engaging with employees and suppliers.

Suntory Group Human Rights Policy

Initiative Introduction

Creating an organization that enables diverse employees to carry out "Yatte Minahare" through the promotion of diversification of characteristics that they hold and respect for their differences

To continue ceaselessly in the creation of new value, in 2011 we created the Diversity Promotion Section based on our belief in the importance of actively accepting and empowering a diverse range of people and values irrespective of nationality, age, or other attributes. Four prioritized activity areas ("Surpassing borders," "Overcoming gender," "Overcoming disabilities," and "Overcoming age") were set forth in 2012 with the Suntory Group Diversity Vision established in 2017. Further Promoting LGBT Activities in 2017 We created an LGBT Handbook, conducted e-learning for all employees, and received the highest "Gold" rating in the "PRIDE Index"*, which is the evaluation index for efforts related to sexual minorities.

  • This index is broken down into five categories: 1. Policy, 2. Representation, 3. Inspiration, 4. Development, and 5. Engagement/Empowerment. This is the first index for LGBT in Japan established in 2016.

In addition, the Suntory Group started employing people with intellectual disabilities in 2015. We hired 20 people over a six year period to April 2020 who are working at two of our offices in Tokyo and Osaka. Since April 2018, this team, named the Collaborative Center, is in charge of centralizing some of the daily work, contributing to create more time-effective procedures. Through work and various experiences, employees with disabilities aim to grow and become independent, and play an active role as a member (driving force) of the organization.
We continue to take on the challenge of creating an organization in which employees with diverse personalities interact and influence each other, and working together is the norm.

Collaborative Center video *Japanese version only

Dialogue with experts for strengthening human rights initiatives

In October 2019, we held a dialogue with experts on human rights issues in Japan and overseas in cooperation with CRT Japan to strengthen the Suntory Group's human rights initiatives. We received feedback on Suntory's human rights strategy and major initiatives (in-house and supply chain based).

  • Dialogue Participants:
    ・Hiroshi Ishida, CRT Japan
    ・Livio Sarandrea, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub
    ・Dirk Hoffmann, Danish Institute for Human Rights
    ・Camille Le Pors, WBA/CHRB
    ・Puvan Selvanathan, Bluenumber Foundation